Lesser Identified Myths of the Kingdom of Kotte
Sri Lanka, higher often known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, being corresponding to the incomparable, the rays of the solar, the rays of the moon and the scent of the lotus, has captivated the world with its pure magnificence. .
Not solely its incomparable magnificence, but additionally its golden historical past has enchanted the eyes and hearts of everybody. Talking of the historical past of Sri Lanka, it may be famous that within the third century BC the Sinhala kingdom was established in Anuradhapura and later within the eleventh century AD it was established in Polonnaruwa because of the invasions of foreigners. Over time, there may be proof that the Sinhala kingdom moved to the southwestern a part of the nation beginning with Dambadeniya all the best way to Gampola.
The dominion of Kotte, based as a fortress to stop advances from southern India by a minister named Alakesvara through the reign of Vikramabahu III, had prospered by the fifteenth century. Historical past has revealed that massive and mighty swamps and ditches have been constructed to guard the dominion of Kotte.
Parakramabahu VI, mentioned to have been the king of Raigama in 1412, made Kotte his capital in 1415. The king, being a warrior, had introduced the nation divided beneath one flag. After his demise, Parakramabahu IX of Kotte moved the capital to Kelaniya in 1509.
We, though acquainted with this native language, because the Portuguese went to Kotte, have no idea the one who went to Kotte. It was none aside from “Fernado Cutrim” who was compelled to journey to the dominion of Kotte by a protracted and winding street. It’s believed that the previous Sinhala had deceived the Portuguese workforce to keep away from their invasion. However sadly, the Sinhalese did not deceive them as a result of these on board had fired the cannons in order that the deserted Portuguese workforce may discover the proper route.
In 1521, the three sons of Vijayabahu VII, after killing their father, took management of the dominion and divided it into three kingdoms, comparable to Kotte, Sitawaka and the Principality of Raigama. Kotte was dominated by Bhuvanekabahu VII, Sitawaka was dominated by Mayadunne, and the Principality of Raigama was dominated by Pararajasingha. As historians have famous, essentially the most highly effective kingdom was none aside from Sitawaka dominated by Mayadunne. The king of Kotte by the title of Buvenekabahu VII obtained assist from the Portuguese to defeat Mayadunne. Nevertheless, in 1597, Dharmapala handed over the dominion of Kotte to the Portuguese throne, marking the tip of the fantastic kingdom.
The golden age of Sinhala literature
It was through the kingdom of Kotte Sinhala that literature flourished and flourished. The large pillars which had brightened up and raised Sinhala literature to the highest are Ven. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera, Ven. Wattawe Thera and Ven. Weedagama Maithree Thera. The poems written by these realized bikkhus praising the glory and fantastic thing about the nation had added aesthetic values to the historical past of the nation.
The primary “Sandesha kavya” (the race poem) is the “Monara Sandeshaya” (the race of the peacock). The opposite “Sandesha kavya” written at the moment are: Kokila Sandesha, Paravi Sandesha, Gira Sandesha, Salalihini Sandesha, Hansa Sandesha and Nilakobo Sandesha.
Sri Rahula Thera
Historical past has revealed that Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera, whose layname was Jayaba, was conceived in Seelawathie’s womb at Dematana in Kegalle district in 1408. He was a child when his mom breathed her final breath. The daddy’s title was Wickramabahu. Jayaba, having obtained his schooling from his grandfather Uthurumula Rahula Thera and his uncle Wilgammula Thera, was ordained beneath the title Vachissara Rahula Thera in keeping with conventional Buddhist rituals.
Sri Rahula Thera, being a mischievous novice bikkhu, allegedly emptied a bottle of medicinal oil known as “Sarasvathi oil” in a breath which had been hidden by Weedagama Maithree Thera realizing of Rahula’s malice. Although Rahula Thera drank the complete bottle of oil, the prescribed quantity was solely a drop. It’s mentioned that the novice bikkhu Sri Rahula, after ingesting an excessive amount of oil, fainted and fell. The parrot that had witnessed the incident flew out the window and knowledgeable Ven. Weedagama Maithree Thera of what occurred within the temple.
Fri. It’s believed that Weedagama Maithree Thera introduced the novice monk again to consciousness with the assistance of Ayurvedic medicines. In line with people tales and beliefs, “Saraswathi Oil” had strengthened the long-term reminiscence of Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula.
It’s mentioned that “Sidualurasaya” or often known as “Siddaloka Rasaya” was an Ayurvedic medication made by Ven. Sri Rahula Thera. Fri. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera had consumed this medication when he remained within the Induruguri cave. It’s assumed that the physique of Ven. Sri Rahula Thera would stay intact with out decomposing till 4230 AD because of the impact of “Siddaloka Rasaya”.
All the pieces we cherish should perish -:
In Buddhism, the reality instilled in our minds, blood streams and hearts is impermanence. Even Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera is not any exception.
Having rendered an important service to mild up the lamp of Sinhalese literature, Ven. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera died within the Indurugiri collapse Ambana, Galle in 1491. Myths and legends revolve across the disappearance of Sri Rahula Thera. Historical past reveals that Sri Rahula Thera’s stays have been taken to Goa by boat beneath the path of Saint Francis Zavier.
Glory of Kotte
Within the historic websites of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, one can observe the ruins of the large Buddhist statues by which the deepest tranquility portrayed by way of their roughness and the large temples supported by the excessive stone columns and the edifices adorned with sculptures and of delicately chiseled flowers. patterns that enable everybody to visualise the glory and magnificence of our historical past. However sadly within the kingdom of Kotte one can not see such ruins which testify to a golden historical past.
It’s nonetheless controversial why it’s unimaginable to seek out the stays of the traditional temples and castles of Kotte, except the ruins of Alakesvara Palace, the ruins of Beddagana Veherakanda and Kotte Raja Mahaviharaya.
Nevertheless, it’s sure that the hidden and buried glory of the dominion of Kotte that may eclipse even the rays of the solar will emerge to fill the prevailing void. On today, Sri Lanka will grow to be the diadem of Asia as if by a miracle.